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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Todd Boehly must make Chelsea transfer statement to prove Thomas Tuchel Liverpool claim wrong

  Thomas Tuchel has often discussed the gap that exists between Chelsea and Man City since arriving at Stamford Bridge. Yet he's also...

 

Thomas Tuchel has often discussed the gap that exists between Chelsea and Man City since arriving at Stamford Bridge. Yet he's also admitted that Liverpool have pulled away from the Blues in recent seasons, particularly in the Premier League. A quick glance at the current table highlights that.

With two games remaining of the 2021/22 campaign, Chelsea sit 16 points behind Jurgen Klopp's side and 20 behind City.

 Injuries to key members of Tuchel's squad have played their part in that – mainly Ben Chilwell and Reece James – but the harsh reality is the Blues do not possess the mentality and consistency needed to compete game in, game out over a 38-game season.

"We can produce peak performances and we have the mentality in the club that shapes the mentality of the players to have these peak performances but over the last years," Tuchel explained after the FA Cup final.

"Man City and Liverpool have proved you need to show that at a level of consistency we don't have and that we have struggled with. So we need to find it, build it, create it. It's a bit harder given the last months."

That's because of the sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich in March by the UK government and EU. Chelsea have been severely impacted – unable to offer contracts to players or begin negotiations with summer transfer targets. It's meant they've already fallen behind their rivals.

Whether Chelsea can catch up will be done to Todd Boehly. The consortium led by the U.S. businessman is understood to be to completing its takeover over the club from Abramovich for £4.25billion. And Boehly held an introductory meeting with Tuchel last week.

"We had lunch together, but it was in the room where everybody was, like players and staff," the German coach explained.

 "He was very friendly, very open, and it was a very informal meeting over lunch. It was like half an hour, 40 minutes, so it was not too detailed. It was just to get a feeling and say hello. We talked more about baseball and basketball, actually. It was not the moment, we will do this next week, the next weeks."

Chelsea's players proved once again at Wembley on Saturday that over 90 minutes – or 120 given the final went to extra time – they can compete with Liverpool. It's a similar story against Man City, who the Blues defeated last season in Porto to clinch the Champions League.

Where the squad has come up short is in the more mundane Premier League fixtures. Too many potential wins have become draws: Everton, Brighton, Wolverhampton Wanderers. The list goes on. That is where the gap is apparent, and Tuchel has doubts as to whether it can be closed in single summer. That is the challenge that faces Boehly.

"It's maybe impossible, I have to say," Tuchel admitted. "Maybe impossible. They are improving their squad in every transfer window they have. It seems like we are losing key players. We are losing, of course, Toni, we're losing Andreas. So this is tough, and we already have a gap close.

"He (Boehly) paid some money for it, so I don't think he is keen to drop the ambition. That would be a big surprise. So no, I don't doubt this. We will share our opinion in more detail over the next weeks, and I am sure he is as ambitious to build a competitive Chelsea for the highest level."

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